Gunmen in military uniform kidnap Mrs. Bertina Benson, Bayelsa SSG’s mother, in Yenagoa

Gunmen dressed in military uniform have kidnapped Mrs. Bertina Okunwa Benson, mother of the Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governmen (SSG)t, Hon Friday Konbowei Benson.

According to reports, the 80-year old woman was kidnapped from her residence at the old Assembly quarters, Azikoro road in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital at about 11 last night.

A family source who confirmed the development said the family had been thrown into confusion over the sad incident.

Benson is said to have briefed Governor Douye Diri and the Commissioner of Police, Mike Okoli over the incident.

Already Okoli has led detectives from the state command to the scene to gather preliminary evidence from the scene.

A government source said it was a terrible thing to have happened to the old woman considering her age.

“This is a terrible thing to have happened. An old woman of such age would be kidnapped at such a place. It is a horrible thing. And this is the second time she would be kidnapped. It is probably a political kidnap.  People who are looking for money might have done this thing. The Police should be allowed to do their work to apprehend those behind this”

The Police in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Asinim Butswat said crack detectives from the state headquarters are on the manhunt of the perpetrators to rescue the woman and arrest the kidnappers.

“The Bayelsa State Police Command has launched manhunt for the rescue of Madam Betinah Benson and arrest of the suspects. Madam Betinah Benson 80 years was kidnapped on 20th July 2021, at about at about 2300 hours at her residence at Old Legislative Quarters,  Azikoro Road, Yenagoa. The kidnappers who were dressed in military camouflage stormed the residence and kidnapped the victim to an unknown destination

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